Genesis 42:29-38; 1 Corinthians 6:12-20; Mark 4:21-34
The kingdom of God grows because of the power of God’s Word. God made a covenant with Abraham; that promise extended to his progeny. Poor Jacob could only languish in depression over the loss of Joseph and now, Benjamin. Yet, God was faithful; he had given his word. The kingdom of God would grow, despite the offspring of Abraham being planted in such an unlikely place as Egypt.
Joseph’s brothers had thrown him into the ground and forgotten about him. But God did not forget. Though Joseph was sold into slavery, God remained faithful and grew his kingdom from that small seed.
At times, we feel like pitiful seeds, thrown to the earth and forgotten. Nevertheless, we too have been bought with a price. God is still faithfully growing his kingdom. We should do our part, having no part in falsehood and infidelity, but even when things go wrong, even when we are faithless, God remains faithful to his word. (2Tim 3:13)
Prayer: Lord Jesus, may your kingdom come and your will be done in my life. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Mark Ryman,
Pastor of Saint John’s Lutheran Church in Asheboro, NC.